2004 Olympic cyclist to retain medal

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Thursday, October 27, 2005
By Yokota Fritz

Colombian cyclist Maria-Luisa Calle Williams finished third in the women's point race in the 2004 Athens Olympics but was disqualified after testing positive for Heptaminol, a banned stimulant. Calle appealed the disqualification. Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overruled her disqualification and reinstated Calle's bronze medal.

Calle Williams took Neo-Saldina, an anti-migraine medication. Neo-Saldina contains isometheptene, a substance that transforms into heptaminol during laboratory analyses.

Another high-profile CAS appeal -- that if American cyclist Tyler Hamilton's blood doping suspension -- is still on hold. The Olympic Gold medalist tested positive for blood transfusion on September 11, 2004.

CBC Sports: IOC to return cyclist's Olympic medal.

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